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Homemade Jello Worm Recipe (Using Straws)

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Halloween is the perfect time to make Homemade Jello Worms and this recipe is really cool because you get to use straws, Jell-O and cream to create realistic looking worms that are completely edible!

I am not going to lie, these gummy worms look disgusting. In fact, I had a hard time eating them at first because I just couldn’t get it through my head that they weren’t real. HA.

The first time I made them, I made them with red food coloring but they looked way too real for my liking. So, the second time around, we made them with green food coloring. Still creepy looking but far more edible.

While they look and feel disgusting, they are as edible as any Jell-O treat and honestly, they taste quite good.

If you are looking for a Halloween dessert to creep out your guest, these are it!

I do want to mention, this is by far one of the messiest treats to make but it’s totally worth it!

Just keep in mind, the tighter you can have your straws in the container, the easier they will be to remove.

I also highly recommend placing the contain inside a bowl or on top of a cookie sheet so you can avoid any unnecessary dripping or mess.

What You’ll Need to Make Creepy Jell-O Worms:

  • Raspberry Jell-O (We actually used the Green Apple Jell-O to make them green)
  • Unflavored Gelatin (provides a more firm mixture)
  • Whipping Cream
  • Boiling Water
  • Green Food Coloring
  • 100 Flexible Bendable Straws (pull the straws out to expose the bendy part)
  • A Tall Container. A Skinny Milk Carton works great. (ensure it can hold all the straws vertically and nice and snug)

How to Make Creepy Jell-O Worms:

Get your straws and container ready. Make sure the straws are all extended and place inside a tall container. Ensure these are packed in tightly. If needed you can use a rubber band to hold them together.

Combine Raspberry Jell-O and Unflavored Gelatin in a large bowl. Add the Boiling water and mix.

Let mixture cool then add 10-12 drops of Green Food Coloring.

Add whipping cream to mixture and combine well.

Pour the mixture into the straws. Try to fill the straws and container as much as possible. The more it’s filled, the longer the worms will be.

Place the container in the fridge for several hours to allow them to get nice and firm.

When the mixture is firm, take the container out of the fridge and pull the straws out of the container. One by One push the worms out of the straws by using your hand to push from one end to the other. You can also run the straws under warm water and they will fall right out.

Serve on a cool platter and enjoy!

Homemade Jell-O Worms

Homemade Jell-O Worms

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 6 oz. Raspberry Jell-O (or Lime if you want to make them green)
  • 1 Package of Unflavored Gelatin (provides a more firm mixture)
  • ¾ Cup Whipping Cream
  • 3 Cups Boiling Water
  • Green Food Coloring
  • 100 Flexible Bendable Straws (pull the straws out to expose the bendy part)
  • A Tall Container. A Skinny Milk Carton works great. (ensure it can hold all the straws vertically and nice and snug)
  • Candy Eyeballs (optional but super cool)

Instructions

  1. Get your straws and container ready. Make sure the straws are all extended and place inside a tall container. Ensure these are packed in tightly. If needed you can use a rubber band to hold them together.
  2. Combine Raspberry Jell-O (or the other Jell-O you choose) and Unflavored Gelatin in a large bowl. Add the Boiling water and mix.
  3. Let mixture cool then add 10-12 drops of Green Food Coloring.
  4. Add whipping cream to mixture and combine well.
  5. Pour the mixture into the straws. Try to fill the straws and container as much as possible. The more it’s filled, the longer the worms will be.
  6. Place the container in the fridge for several hours to allow them to get nice and firm.
  7. When the mixture is firm, take the container out of the fridge and pull the straws out of the container. One by One push the worms out of the straws by using your hand to push from one end to the other. You can also run the straws under warm water and they will fall right out.
  8. Serve on a cool platter or inside a pumpkin with some candy eyeballs like we did and enjoy!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 271Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 58mgSodium: 107mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 3gSugar: 9gProtein: 11g
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